Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, began on the 7th of May across the world.
Muslims will begin Ramadan by keeping fats from dawn until dusk and after offering evening prayers, Maghrib they will end their fast.
After breaking the fast, they will have iftars with their families and friends.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the holy month of Muslims, dedicated to prayers, fasting and reading the Quran. They break their fast with family after evening prayers with a meal termed as Iftar.
It is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar for a period of 29 to 30 days. The month of Ramadan ends with a day of celebration,Eid al Fitr.
What is the story behind Ramadan?
According to Islam, in 610 A.D., Muhammad, the messenger of Allah (God) was mediating during the month of Ramadan in the mountains, when Jibril (Gabriel) visited him. The angel said to Muhammad that he is the messenger of God, which Muhammad refused to believe.
Later, the angel Jibril said ‘Iqra’ to Muhammad, which means to read or to recite. To this, Muhammad replied that he cannot read.
Jibril hugged Muhammad and said,
“Recite in the name of your Lord Who creates.
Creates man from a clot.
Recite: And your Lord is the Most Bountiful
Who teaches by the pen,
He teaches man what he does not know.”
For 23 long years following that day, Jibril used to visit Muhammad every year in the month of Ramadan and preach to him the holy knowledge of Quran in verbal. Muhammad, who is the prophet of god, transferred the sacred knowledge to his son and followers..In an effort to show gratitude towards Allah for imparting the knowledge to him and his followers, he declared that the month of Ramadan will be passed in fasting and prayers, followed by a day of jubiliant celebrations.
The sacred knowledge shared by Jibril to Muhammad and Muhammad to his son and followers was transformed into the Quran, which then became the sacred book of Islam.
Therefore every year, Muslims keep fast, read the Quran and do not indulge in evil feelings such as jealousy, selfishness, anger, etc. They pray,recite the knowledge of Quran and preach to people.
This year, Ramadan begins on the 7th of May throughout the world
The month long fast started with seeing the Moon, on the 6th of May and will end after a period of 29 days with the three day celebration of Eid al Fitr, when Muslims will see the new Moon.
They will meet friends and family and celebrate with great enthusiasm.
People across the world are sharing their wishes for the month of Ramadan.
Soften our hearts for #Ramadan. Renew our link with the Almighty & celebrate revelation of the greatest message from our Lord. For a blessed month that’s bountiful with deeds, repent sincerely. Commit to change for the better & discard old habits!
— Mufti Ismail Menk (@muftimenk) May 6, 2019
— Safar Academy (@SafarAcademy) May 6, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted the nation on the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
Greetings on the special occasion of Parshuram Jayanti. Bhagwan Parshuram personifies bravery and honesty. May the power of his ideals make our society more just and harmonious.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2019